Adobo might just as well be the national Filipino dish. Each region or province or household for that matter has their own version of adobo. This Instant Pot Pork Adobo recipe is not your traditional adobo. You'll have to try it and let me know what you think!
Adobo is usually a meat dish cooked with soy sauce and vinegar. Cooking with vinegar sort of preserves the food, so this dish is usually prepared for travel or picnics.
This non-traditional adobo recipe is:
- uses liver and mushrooms (optional)
Whenever I eat meat, I want to get the best kind: pastured meat. Try to get pasture-raised pork fed with organic or non-GMO feed. See my food philosophy here.
When using an Instant Pot though, I can save money by using cheaper cuts of meat. For adobo, I usually get pork shoulder roast and just cut into 1-2 inch cubes.
I swapped a few other traditional ingredients to make this recipe gluten-free.
Adobo is usually cooked with soy sauce which has wheat. I used tamari instead which is a great gluten-free alternative. You can't even tell the difference. You can try using coconut aminos as well to make this paleo.
Traditionally, white cane vinegar is used. I used apple cider vinegar which is a staple in my pantry.
I added chicken liver which is rich in nutrients. If you don't eat liver, this is a great dish to start incorporating some liver into your diet. Or skip it completely, your choice.
I also added sliced mushrooms. This is totally optional. Mushrooms are usually not added to adobo, although there is a mushroom adobo dish commonly served in Filipino restaurants. In my childhood home, however, canned mushrooms were added to our adobo, so I grewup eating adobo this way. Nowadays, I add organic white or brown mushrooms, whatever I have at hand.
Whole black peppercorns and bay leaves add great flavour and aroma. Garlic is added as well. I use 6 - 8 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed. Add more if you love garlic like my husband does.
Tip: Cut and crush garlic around 10 minutes before using or cooking to maximize the good stuff - allicin.
Making Instant Pot Pork Adobo
Add the pork, tamari, apple cider vinegar, garlic, peppercorns and bay leaves into the Instant Pot.
Add the liver and sliced mushrooms, if using.
Cover and set to Meat/Stew or Manual at high pressure for 30 minutes.
When done, let the pressure release naturally.
Serve warm with some rice. Enjoy with diced fresh tomatoes or salted egg on the side. Yum!
Or try it with some kimchi. Also yummy!
Have you tried this recipe? Please leave a comment or rating below!
P.S. Check out my other Instant Pot recipes too:
- Instant Pot Bulalo or Beef Bone Marrow Stew
- Instant Pot Mung Bean Stew or Monggo Guisado
- Instant Pot Chili
- Instant Pot Bone Broth
Instant Pot Pork Adobo
- 1 lb pork cut into 1-2 inch cubes
- ½ cup tamari
- ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
- 6-8 cloves garlic peeled and crushed
- ½ teaspoon black peppercorns
- 1-2 bay leaves
- 1 lb chicken liver (optional)
- ½ lb sliced mushrooms (optional)
- Place pork, tamari, apple cider vinegar, garlic, black peppercorns, bay leaves in the Instant Pot container.
- Add liver and mushrooms, if using.
- Cover and select the Meat/Stew setting or Manual mode at high pressure. Set to 30 minutes.
- After time is up, let the pressure release naturally.
- Serve warm with rice, diced fresh tomatoes or salted egg. Or even some kimchi!